Faculty

Tel:(415) 422-5971
jaaquino@usfca.edu

Jorge Aquino

Assistant Professor

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties include Latin American theology and religious history, liberation theology, race theory and faith-based social movements. Additionally, Professor Aquino chairs the Chican@/Latin@ Studies minor. He is currently finishing a book on the Christian roots of racism in the history of the Americas. Dr. Aquino earned his Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union and came to USF in 2005.

Tel:(415) 422-5297
sdelatorre@usfca.edu

Sergio De La Torre

Director Film Studies/Assistant Professor Art and Architecture

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities.  Spring 2013 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tel:
florese@usfca.edu

Elena Flores

Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise: Latino adolescent sexuality; family functioning and adolescent health risk behaviors; Latino mental health; multicultural psychology and counseling.

Tel:(415) 422-5078
ehfuentes@usfca.edu

Emma Fuentes

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education

Research interests and areas of expertise: Urban Education; educational experiences of Latino students; immigration and education; bilingual education; unequal opportunity and access within US public schools; community organizing for school change; school and community partnerships; equity-minded school reform; cultural citizenship; race and identity; social and cultural theory; qualitative approaches to research (participatory action research, critical ethnography).

Tel:415-422-4749
cglopez3@usfca.edu

Christina Garcia Lopez

Assistant Professor

Newly joining USF in Fall 2013, Christina Garcia Lopez holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an M.A. in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latina/o and Chicana/o literature; Ethnic American literature; gender and sexuality; religion & spirituality; and borders of race, ethnicity, and migration. Her working manuscript, Social Violence, Social Healing: The Merging of the Political and the Spiritual in Chicano/a Literary Production, explores how Chicano/a narratives have reckoned with spirituality and religion in relation to social and historical trauma.

Tel:(415) 422-4132
lgascon2@usfca.edu

Danny Gascón

Assistant Professor

Danny Gascón received his MA and BA in Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino, and earned his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests lie at the intersection of urban criminology, law and society, and race and ethnic relations, and is principally concerned with critical approaches to the study of urban policing, punishment and inequality, and gang and youth culture. Danny currently teaches Criminology, Juvenile Justice, Policing, and the Sociology of Law. 

Tel:415-422-2071
varea@usfca.edu

Roberto Gutierrez Varea

Associate Professor, Theater

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrié Moraga, and José Rivera, among others. He is the founding artistic director of  Soapstone Theatre Company , a collective of male ex-offenders and women survivors of violent crime, and  El Teatro Jornalero! , a performance company that brings the voice of Latin American immigrant workers to the stage. Varea is a member of the Steering Committee of Theater Without Borders, and a member of the Artists in Distress Services of freeDimensional. He is a regular contributor to journals in performance and peacebuilding, and is co-editor and co-author of the two-volume anthology "Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict" (New Village Press). Varea is co-director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA) and a founding faculty of the Department of Performing Arts, and the Performing Arts and Social Justice Major at USF.

Tel:(415) 422-6951
kahodoyan@usfca.edu

Karina Hodoyán

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.

Tel:(415) 422-5141
kaisers@usfca.edu

Susana Kaiser

Associate Professor

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department and the Latin American Studies program. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. from the Department of Communication at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her B.A. in Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year.

Tel:(415) 422-2209
katz@usfca.edu

Susan Katz

Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Department Chairperson

Research interests and areas of expertise: Human rights education; bilingual and intercultural education of marginalized populations in the U.S. and worldwide; link between critical pedagogy and academic literacy; examination of youth violence and its link to schooling; action research methodologies.

Tel:(415) 422-6135
langechurion@usfca.edu

Pedro Lange-Churión

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Latin American Contemporary Narrative and Critical Theory. His academic areas of specialization include Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Urban Studies, Comparative Literature and Critical Theory; particularly Psychoanalytic theory.

Tel:(415) 422-2413
lorentzen@usfca.edu

Lois Lorentzen

Professor

Lois Lorentzen is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of specialization include religion and immigration, environmental ethics, and gender and violence. Additionally, Lois has published or edited numerous books including, Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Faith, Politics and Identity in New Migrant Communities and the forthcoming three volume series Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. She has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, and Chair of the Department of Theology/Religious Studies. Professor Lorentzen received a Ph.D. from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and came to USF in 1991.

Tel:(415) 422-6082
moreno@usfca.edu

Julio Moreno

Associate Professor, Department Chair, History

Dr. Julio Moreno is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. Currently, he is an associate professor of Latin American History and serves as faculty director of the Sarlo Scholars Program, a global service-learning program managed by the McCarthy Center. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas at the University of San Francisco. 

Tel:(415) 422-5741
gnegrongonzales@usfca.edu

Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies

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lperezgualdron@usfca.edu

Leyla Pérez-Gualdrón

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise: Social justice orientation and academic/civic engagement in urban youth; school relational and language climate; bilingualism; racial identity.

Tel:415-422-4368
fmrivera@usfca.edu

Francesca Rivera

Coordinator, Music Program, Assistant Professor, Music

Received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College; M.A. in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley; doctoral candidate for ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley completing her dissertation about Panamanian traditional folk music called "Mucho mas que un canal: Musical Emblems of the Panamanian Nation".

Tel:(415) 422-6112
erodriguez4@usfca.edu

Evelyn Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Professor Rodriguez graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from UC San Diego as a Sociology major/Ethnic Studies minor; and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's Sociology program. She has taught Sociological Methods, Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society, People of Mixed Descent, U.S. Immigration and Settlement, and Community Organizing.

Tel:(415) 422-4535
ddzerquera@usfca.edu

Desiree Zerquera

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies

Research interests and areas of expertise:Organizational theory; public policy; financial aid; research methodology; Latino student experiences.